2020 Arizona Wildfires

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The map of the BLM Arizona radio system shows Horsethief, Williams Mesa or White Tanks on the Phoenix District's north end and Smith on the CRD's Lake Havasu Field Office. I'm curious about the officer's radio identifier, did you catch that?
 

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Great! The info I have doesn't show a "Horsethief" repeater on any of the BLM Colorado River District nets. Did you catch the name of the dispatch? I would assume Prescott as that center is shown for both the Colorado River District and Phoenix District. By the way, I've been back in Arizona for more than a year and a half, my pronunciation of "Prescott" has evolved from "Press Cot" back to "Pres cut."
Horsethief is in the PHD (near the Aqua Fria Monument), although they might be simulcasting. Its not likely I'll hear the CRD from here...White Tanks is my limit and its noisy.

I read somewhere there is a Regional Federal Dispatch Center....(similar to the San Bernardino center) that covers AZ and NM. I think the Prescott Fire Center just dispatches the local forest LE.

<edit> I didn't hear the ID as it was kinda a surprise to hear it at all ... just caught the tail end of the citation message and dispatch acknowledging same.

And its actually 'Preskit' like biskit ;)
 

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William Hickling Prescott, the man the town was named after, pronounced his name "Press Kit", so that is the proper pronunciation of the town name as well.

John
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Here are all the active freqs I am hearing- fire is now pretty much outside my windows... I won't list the names of the Tacs/Intercrews, they are all listed elsewhere.
170.975- NIFC CMD-1 primary (but is being referred to as C10 or C11, I am getting a weaker repeater on 171.0875 repeating the same traffic, have not found this freq listed anywhere).
408.400- Logistics 1
166.6125 A/G-1 171.550 A/G-2
119.675, 127.775 AA
122.925 some AA but not much
TACS- 168.050, 168.200, 168.600,163.7125, 167.1375, 168.6125, 173.625, 168.250, 166.725
Flight Following 168.650
Hope that helps y'all around Tucson :) If you have anything else, let me know, also if this NIFC Command repeater on 171.0875 has been used elsewhere, and what site it is at here??
Just found a UHF link for the Bighorn Command freq 170.975- 411.400. I'm actually hearing the traffic better on UHF.
 

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PHD-1111 CORDES FIRE 2020
120 Acres

Command 173.525 (PFD)
168.275 (BLM TAC 1)
AG 167.175 (AG34)
AA 134.175
TAC 168.5375 (BLM TAC 2)
TAC 168.275 (BLM TAC 1)
Structure 154.280 (AZFIRE28)
Crews chatting 166.6125
 

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John, can you check your command frequency and confirm?

Thank you, Wayne

PHD-1111 CORDES FIRE 2020
120 Acres

Command 173.525 (PFD)
168.275 (BLM TAC 1)
AG 167.175 (AG34)
AA 134.175
TAC 168.5375 (BLM TAC 2)
TAC 168.275 (BLM TAC 1)
Structure 154.280 (AZFIRE28)
Crews chatting 166.6125
 

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OOPS Command is PNF on 173.925 (as their BLM repeater (172.525) is bad copy here.)

Ground ops are being run on BLM Tac 1 and 2.

Helitak crew comms setting up their bucket on 168.35; more crews on 173.6250 and 169.6875.

I'll let the recorder run overnight and see what else I can find.
 

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Yesterday I found a UHF link where I could hear the Command traffic from 170.975 on 411.400. I don't think I'm hearing all traffic on it, but when they give the morning report at 0630 I hear all contributors with a better signal than the VHF 170.975. Now I just found another link on 411.500 that is repeating all of the rotor vic traffic from 119.675. I've never seen this all the time I lived in SoCal, a UHF freq repeating AM Victor air to air traffic. This is pretty good for me, because now that the fire has moved to the east I can't hear the Helo's on the 119.675, but they are 5 bars on 411.500. Has this been heard elsewhere? Is this so someone far away in USFS can hear it or what is the reason?
 

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The UHF Links [you are hearing the Downlink] are used so a remote base Camp or Command Post running the operation can hear better and can also access other channels better.

ie: The UHF to the AirCraft AM, that remote site you are hearing is likely a SOLAR site on a mountain top, so they can hear/talk to both sides of the Mtn, where if they only talked from the Base Camp, the Aircraft might not hear them as well and they would not hear the A/C

Nice report, confirming which UHF is pair to the VHF or VHF-AM
Most of those UHF Links can be found at

Yesterday I found a UHF link where I could hear the Command traffic from 170.975 on 411.400. I don't think I'm hearing all traffic on it, but when they give the morning report at 0630 I hear all contributors with a better signal than the VHF 170.975. Now I just found another link on 411.500 that is repeating all of the rotor vic traffic from 119.675. I've never seen this all the time I lived in SoCal, a UHF freq repeating AM Victor air to air traffic. This is pretty good for me, because now that the fire has moved to the east I can't hear the Helo's on the 119.675, but they are 5 bars on 411.500. Has this been heard elsewhere? Is this so someone far away in USFS can hear it or what is the reason?
 

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I just looked through RR and I don't see any of these freqs. where is the source? Thanks I had no idea they had so many. Thx Scanner Jim KE7EEU
 

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The UHF Links [you are hearing the Downlink] are used so a remote base Camp or Command Post running the operation can hear better and can also access other channels better.

ie: The UHF to the AirCraft AM, that remote site you are hearing is likely a SOLAR site on a mountain top, so they can hear/talk to both sides of the Mtn, where if they only talked from the Base Camp, the Aircraft might not hear them as well and they would not hear the A/C

Nice report, confirming which UHF is pair to the VHF or VHF-AM
Most of those UHF Links can be found at
OK, Thanks, I figured that was the purpose, I have not seen that list before of the NIFC UHF links, I had no idea they had so many. More stuff to search for! :)
 
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